Children

Children in Worship

At baptism, we welcome each child into the Lord’s family as fellow members of the body of Christ and workers with us.

Presentation of Age Appropriate Bibles

The Christian Education Committee presents our students with Bibles.  Students entering first grade are given the Paraclete Bible for Kids, students entering fourth grade are given the Adventure Bible, and students entering seventh grade are presented the NRSV Student Bible which they will be using as their study Bibles throughout their three year Catechetics Program.  Our hope as a faith community is that by placing in the hands of our children versions of the Bible that are age appropriate, we may get our young people more engaged in reading and discussing Bible stories.  The Reformation of the 16th century encouraged Christian people to read and study the Bible.  Please notify the office if your child is entering grade 1, 4, or 7 and needs a bible.

Adventure Time and Young Readers is for children in grades 1 through 6.  They will meet in the new Youth Room on the first Sunday of every month, from 11:45 a.m. till 1:00 p.m., starting in October and ending in April.  During their time together, the children will venture into their Bibles, enjoy lunch together, and do an activity or art project together.  By reading stories from their own Bible, children will learn to become Young Lectors for worship.  Grades 1, 2 & 3 will read from their Paraclete Bibles and grades 4, 5, & 6 from their Adventure Time Bibles.  We will begin scheduling young lectors in the New Year.

Children’s Sunday School for children, infants through grade 6 beginning September 9, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.

Children and teachers will be using the newly finished upstairs classrooms and the Youth room.  Our third through fifth grade students will be use a new, two year curriculum called Connect.  They will be spending this first year on Old Testament stories and the second year on the New Testament.  Through the use of engaging videos and activities, they will get to know themselves, each other, and the Bible in new ways, strengthening their faith in Christ Jesus.  Our younger children will continue using the Spark Curriculum hearing about favorite Old Testament heroes in the fall and the life of Jesus in winter and spring.  Please bring your child(ren) to Sunday School.  The time and effort put forth is important for strengthening faith.  And, it is more fun to have a full class.  The teachers who volunteer get to use their skills and gifts for the up-building of God’s Kingdom.

*Nursery (ages 0-3)

*Preschool (ages 3-Pre-K)

*Kindergarten – Grade 2

*Grade 3-6 – Please join this class in collecting quarters to buy farm animals for families all over the world including our country.  The barnyard “headquarters” is located in the Good Shepherd Gathering Room each Sunday before and after Sunday School through December 30th.  In early 2019 the class will decide on which animals it will purchase from a selection of chicks, goats, honey bees, and piglets.  Please note:  In addition to quarters for the “quarter tube,” other forms of monetary contributions will be accepted either at “headquarters” or in the offering plate (please specify for God’s Global Barnyard).  Advent offerings have been designated to help the children reach their Barnyard goals, so please use your advent envelope and give generously.

Nursery through Grade 2 began together each week with Godly Play (music and movement) led by Emily Reep.  This has a big success as parents and children joined in on the fun.  Parents of children younger than 2 are asked to stay.  Groups will then split for their lesson.

Godly Play

Kindergarten-Grade 2

Grades 3-6 began with light breakfast and conversation as they caught up on each other’s week, followed by a lesson.

For information about Sunday School, volunteer opportunities or joining a class, contact the church office.

Youth Group – Welcome to the 2018-2019 SPY (St. Paul’s Youth) Group for youth in grades 6 through 12.  We are so excited to invite you to our new meeting space.  Click on the picture to get the full image.

We have been meeting in our new space.  The new youth room is working great when we gather on the upper level.  The room has been designed so different activities can take place at the same time.  They are feeling at home in their youth room, whether they are hanging out, having Bible study, playing games, preparing a meal, or making new friends.  It is our hope that by participating in SPY the youth will gain a sense of belonging with their church family.  The events planned are a time for the youth to connect with one another and their leaders.  Most SPY meetings will take place on the first four Sundays of each month from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Some Sundays there will be other youth activities in place of youth group.  Events are coming up for the Youth Group November 11 and November 18.  Contact Miss Kelly for more information.  Families will receive a more detailed calendar that will include the evening’s meal and activities.

Creative Fun – will be held on Tuesday evenings 6:00-7:15 p.m. for children, youth and parents.  Beginning on September 18, the Youth room will be open for the children and youth of St. Paul’s.  Join Miss Kelly in making Bible themed original pieces of art.  There will be a variety of art projects offered each week.  Some projects can be completed in a short amount of time and others will take a few evenings to complete.  The choice is yours.  There will always be assorted art supplies available to design your own one of a kind art piece if you don’t want to work on the supplied project or you can play a board game or talk with a friend.  “Creative Fun” runs the same time as Cherub Choir and Cantabile Bell Choir.  If a child is in one of the Choirs they are welcome to come to “Creative Fun” for part of the time.  Come when you can!

 Acolytes – See Pastor Reep if you have a son or daughter that would be interested in becoming an acolyte.  See More

Holy Communion Instruction, A holy Meal for Holy People – Communion instruction is provided for all children.  For some it will be their First Communion, for others it will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Holy Meal.  Pastor Reep will provide the leadership for this important component of faith formation for our young people.  Please note that each lesson builds on the previous one so regular attendance is encouraged.  The dates for Communion instruction will be announced.

Confirmation Ministry Catechetics – The Confirmation Ministry Catechetics are held Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  This confirmation ministry for the congregation is held in conjunction with 7 other Lutheran congregations in York.  There is a fall term and a winter/spring term.  Starting date for the fall 2018 program is 9/16 and will be held at Luther Memorial.  Contact Pastor Reep if you would like additional information!

Musical Opportunities for Children are:

Cantabile Bell Choir –  (See more)

Cherub Choir –  (See more)

Instrumentalist –  (See more)

Vacation Bible School – Lake Side Stories with Jesus:  Family Excursion June 11-14, 2018
Vacation Bible School was held off site at Kain Park under the Bass Pavilion. VBS was held in the evening because many of our school districts were still in classes.  We had a family supper each evening at 5:30 p.m followed by a Bible story and activity.  The evening concluded with Lake Side vespers at 7:00 p.m. By planning VBS in three distinct components families and church members could take part in as much of the evening as they desired. Some choose only to come for the vesper liturgy. Others participated in supper and Bible story but needed to get home to get children ready for bed. Others came  for the whole thing and even stayed till the park closed at sundown. The important thing is that we wanted everyone in the congregation to participate as we took an excursion through the scriptures learning about Jesus’ ministry around Lake Galilee. There were classes for: Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten & 1 st, 2nd & 3rd, 4th–6th, Jr.-Sr. High, and Adult. The dinner menu was as follows:  Monday –Hamburgers, Tuesday –Chicken, Wednesday –Hot Dogs, Thursday – Everyone brought a covered dish to share. All paper products and drinks were supplied.  An opportunity for all to gather and grow in God’s grace and love.  2019 VBS information will be posted when it becomes available.
Church Summer Camp 2018  – This Changes Everything 
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
The congregation supports the Lutheran Camping Corporation and the camps that it offers for children and families.  Camp brochures are mailed out in the spring.  If you think your child/youth or family would be interested in attending church camp, see Kelly Moore-Spencer for a camp brochure and more information.  The camp brochures explain all the camping experiences offered at Camp Nawakwa and Camp Kirchenwald.  If you know you want to attend one of the specialty camps that fill up right away, let Kelly know and she will be glad to help you register.  You can visit  the corporation’s website at  www.lutherancamping.org/summer

The Lutheran Camps offer–Christian Community, Worship, Daily Prayer, Making New Friends, Seeing Old Friends, Fun Activities, Adventure and Acts of Service.

The Lutheran Camping Corporation carries out its mission as a gracious expression of God’s.  The heart of that mission is to:  The Church, in a place and time apart…Where God’s presence is experienced, Faith is renewed, Christ’s love is felt, and the Church is strengthened for the service and proclamation of the Gospel!  Our goal is for each child to experience the love of Christ!

We are encouraging all of our children and youth to attend a week of church camp.  Remember, camperships are available for our members!

While attending camp, faith is renewed and the fabric of the Church is strengthened during a refreshing outdoor experience with other children from multiple parishes.  The Lutheran Camping Corporation and St. Paul’s both offer scholarships to help with the cost to children from the congregation who wish to participate in outdoor ministry.

 

       ” …we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.”  Psalm 78:4